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by Alfred P. Smyth
King Alfred the Great book. Soldier, statesman and scholar, Alfred the Great is celebrated as one of Britain's most successful and heroic kings.
King Alfred the Great book. In this biography, Professor Smyth explores the life of a remarkable man. His conclusion is controversial: he argues that Asser's Life of Alfred, hitherto the most important source of our knowledge about Alfred, may have been a late medieval forgery. This Soldier, statesman and scholar, Alfred the Great is celebrated as one of Britain's most successful and heroic kings.
Alfred P. Smyth's portrait of King Alfred rejects the image of a neurotic and invalid king who supposedly remained a pious illiterate until he was almost 40. Instead, we are shown a man of remarkable energy and intelligence who took necessary steps to defend his people from the Norsemen. We see, too, a king who had been a scholar all his life and who used his great knowledge to bolster the powers of his own kingship. Smyth also provides a detailed examination of the much-disputed medieval biography of King Alfred, attributed to the King's tutor, Asser.
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This is a glorious book.
His memory looms large in the English Imagination. The medieval 'Life' of King. This is a glorious book. It rescues a great English ruler from some of the more obtuse concepts and prejudices of our own time, and builds more carefully on ninth-century foundations than any other biography yet published. Eric Christiansen, The Spectator. Show all. Table of contents (6 chapters). Translation of the Life of King Alfred.
Although he could not read, Alfred was greatly attracted to the book and . Smyth, Alfred P. King Alfred The Great. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Although he could not read, Alfred was greatly attracted to the book and was determined to own it. Forestalling his brothers, he took it to his teacher who read it to hi. As Alfred’s role as king and patron began, he solemnly noted on several occasions his disappointment in the state of educational opportunity in England. Formerly, the King wrote bitterly, men came hither from foreign lands to seek for instruction, and now when we desire it we can only obtain it from abroad (Collins 329, Smyth 249-250).
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Alfred the Great (Old English: Ælfrēd, Ælfrǣd, 'Elf-counsel' or 'Wise-elf'; between 847 and 849 – 26 October 899) was King of Wessex from 871 to c. 886 and King of the Anglo-Saxons from c. 886 to 899. He was the youngest son of King Æthelwulf of Wessex. His father died when he was young and three of Alfred's brothers, Æthelbald, Æthelberht and Æthelred, reigned in turn.
King Alfred the Great has been added to your Cart. The Alfred who emerges is a man of genuine piety, extraordinary intellectual and emotional resilience, as well as great physical stamina. Very much a history for historians, Smyth's work is essential reading for students of Alfredian and early medieval England.
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